Japanese all-freight carrier, Nippon Cargo Airlines (NCA) resumes its B747 freighter service between Tokyo, Narita and Europe this week, following an earlier resumption to the US and other Asian destinations.
From 5 October the carrier resumes service between Narita (NRT) and Milan Malpensa Airport (MXP) and Amsterdam Schiphol (AMS).
The gradual resumption of flights is part of the carrier’s recovery process after Japanese regulators grounded the company’s entire freighter fleet of 11 aircraft in June, over safety issues in what was labeled “negligence” in reporting serious damage to its aircraft and “inappropriate” maintenance records.
In a statement NCA said: “The rest of the aircraft operation will resume in sequence as soon as the aircraft safety is confirmed and the preparation for flight is completed.”
Earlier in July, NCA resumed flights between Narita and Shanghai, and between Narita and Hong Kong, which was followed on 28 September by the resumption of operations between Narita and Chicago O’Hare (ORD) via Anchorage (ANC).
The return of NCA’s trans-Pacific service to Chicago comes at a crucial time, just ahead of the peak season. The earlier parking of NCA’s entire fleet had already impacted the market and with air capacity tightening ahead of the peak, the additional capacity will be a welcome addition.
Meanwhile, the carrier has continued apologising to customers saying: “We sincerely apologise for the inconvenience and concern that we caused our customers. We will do our utmost effort to check safety for resuming operation as quickly as possible.”
In a previous statement the carrier also pledged to “re-create” the carrier, saying in mid-August: “We will unite all staff and management to fully implement the Preventive Measures for re-starting a safe operation with a goal to ‘re-create NCA from ZERO’”.